Can Longboards Get Wet?

Updated: May 24, 2023 | Edu

Generally, it’s best to not get your longboard wet, but it’s not the end of the world if you do. Here are some tips on what to do if your longboard gets wet, as well as waterproofing techniques.

Disclaimer: At the very least, wear a helmet while riding. It’s a lot sketchier riding in wet environments on a longboard.

If It Gets Wet…

Make sure to dry it off as quickly as you can. Since your longboard deck is most likely made of wood, water could seep in and warp it.

The other vulnerable part is your bearings since they’re made of metal. They have a high chance of rusting. You can add lube to your bearings to help combat the rust. If you want to be thorough, take your bearings out, pop off the shields, and clean them.

You could even purchase separate bearings just for wet conditions.

Waterproofing Your Longboard

The most common technique is to add a coating of polyurethane to your deck. While this isn’t a 100% guarantee it’ll keep the water out, it’ll help.

Seal up any cracks with either wood glue or epoxy.

Tips For Riding

Since there’s less traction, it can be easier to learn slides. Be extra careful though and wear a helmet!

It is much easier to slide out and fall when riding in a wet environment. However, there are specific rain wheels that can help increase your traction.


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